House Dems accuse Trump camp of collusion with Russians on email hacks, demand FBI probe

Donald TrumpOn Friday, Reps. Elijah E. Cummings, John Conyers, Jr., Elliot L. Engel, and Bennie G. Thompson, the Ranking Members of the House Committees on Oversight and Government Reform, Judiciary, Foreign Affairs, and Homeland Security — Democrats all — issued a statement accusing the campaign of GOP nominee Donald Trump of having foreknowledge of alleged cyber attacks by the Russians and demanded the FBI investigate the claim.

“Troubling new evidence appears to show that the Trump campaign not only was aware of cyber attacks against Secretary Clinton’s campaign chairman, but was openly bragging about it as far back as August,” they said, according to a press release we received.

“For months, we have been asking the FBI to examine links between the Trump campaign and illegal Russian efforts to affect our election, including interviewing Trump advisor Roger Stone. In light of this new evidence—and these exceptional circumstances—we call on the FBI to fully investigate and explain to the American people what steps it is taking to disrupt this ongoing criminal activity. Elections are the bedrock of our nation’s democracy and a model we hold out to the world, so we must counter any foreign or domestic efforts to threaten the integrity of our electoral process.”

What is their “evidence?”   Tweets from Roger Stone, who is not part of the Trump campaign.

The press release continued:

This past August, Trump adviser Roger Stone sent out messages on Twitter indicating that he had been informed personally about upcoming cyber attacks on campaign chairman John Podesta.

On August 21, 2016, Stone tweeted:  “Trust me, it will soon the [sic] Podesta’s time in the barrel.#CrookedHillary”

This followed a tweet on August 14, 2016, in which Stone wrote:  “@JohnPodesta makes @PaulManafort look like St. Thomas Aquinas Where is the @NewYorkTimes?”

On October 3, 2016, Stone tweeted:  “I have total confidence that @wikileaks and my hero Julian Assange will educate the American people soon #LockHerUp.”

Four days later, October 7, 2016, WikiLeaks publicly released emails illegally hacked from Podesta’s email account.

Stone has stated repeatedly in public appearances that he communicates directly and through back channels with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

It continues:

On August 8, 2016, Stone stated publicly that he “communicated with” Assange about the upcoming release of illegally-hacked emails.  Stone made these statements during a Republican campaign event while answering a question about a potential “October surprise.”

On August 13, 2016, Stone stated publicly that his own email accounts had been hacked “as soon as it became publicly known that I was in communication with Julian Assange.”

On October 12, 2016, Stone stated publicly:  “I do have a back-channel communication with Assange.”

On August 30, 2016, Reps. Cummings, Conyers, Engel, and Thompson sent a letter to FBI Director James Comey requesting that the FBI assess whether connections between the Trump campaign and Russian interests contributed to cyber attacks against the Democratic campaign organizations to interfere with the election, the press release added.  The letter stated:  “It is unclear whether U.S. law enforcement authorities have interviewed Mr. Stone about his communications with Mr. Assange or about his knowledge of how WikiLeaks obtained the illegally-hacked documents.”

On September 28, 2016, FBI Director James Comey testified before the House Judiciary Committee, but would not directly answer questions about any investigation regarding these matters.  Instead, he stated that the FBI is examining “just what mischief is Russia up to in connection with our election.”

We reached out to spokesperson Shadawn Reddick-Smith to determine what evidence they have that indicates Trump or his campaign is involved to the level they claim.  We received no response.

It should be noted that Stone left the campaign in early August.  The campaign said it fired him, while Stone maintained that he quit.  Either way, he was not officially connected with the campaign at the time most, if not all, of these tweets were sent.

Stone also called claims that he colluded with Wikileaks “categorically false.”

NBC reported:

Former Trump adviser and confidante Roger Stone on Wednesday denied the suggestion that he had “advance warning” of the release by WikiLeaks of hacked emails purported to be from Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta.

Stone, who is not a formal part of the Trump campaign, said he and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange have a “mutual friend.” After Podesta on Tuesday suggested Stone was in collusion with the website, Stone called the claim “categorically false.”

“I have a back-channel communications with WikiLeaks,” Stone told NBC News. “But they certainly don’t clear or tell me in advance what they’re going to do.”

But it seems none of this matters to Democrats who now want to criminalize the Trump campaign.

As a result of the leaks, Americans have learned just how corrupt the Clinton machine really is.

Fox News posted what it called the seven biggest revelations of the leaks, and the Gateway Pundit posted even more here.

No doubt, there’s a lot more to come.

The media, however, has basically ignored these leaks, choosing instead to distract voters with questionable claims regarding Trump.


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